Doxorubicin is a custom-made pharmacy drug in the class of drugs known as anthracyclines. It is a cancer-fighting drug that works within the body to stop or slow the growth of cancer cells.
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Doxorubicin is an intravenous drug and most patients will have the drug administered to them by their physician, nurse, or approved healthcare provider in a hospital or clinical setting. Doxorubicin is typically given to patients once every 21 to 28 days depending on the patient's specific circumstances.
Side effects may differ in patients depending on their current state of health, body chemistry, age, etc. Common side effects seen with doxorubicin are:
Many other side effects may occur. If any of the above or any different side effects are experienced, monitor them closely and seek medical help if you feel it is warranted, or if any side effects are exacerbating or persisting.
If you experience any of the following severe side effects you should get medical treatment immediately:
WARNING: Doxorubicin can cause dangerous skin, muscle, and tissue damage if it leaks from a vein after administering. Speak to your physician immediately if you experience any of the following:
All patients considering the use of doxorubicin must consult with their physician before beginning use as it is important for physicians to know a patient's complete medical history and be cognizant of any medications that they are currently taking. Doxorubicin is a very serious and strong drug and as such should only be administered while under the care of a physician.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Doxorubicin may possibly cause life-threatening or very serious heart problems during your treatment or many months or years after you have completed treatment. Discuss all options and scenarios with your physician before beginning treatment with doxorubicin. Anyone with a current or previous heart condition must receive a complete screening to assess whether his or her heart is working at an optimum level to be able to tolerate the use of this drug.
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